Who are the Minions of Waste and Where Did they Come From?

Long ago the Minions of Waste whiled away the hours happily destroying value in manufacturing. Push based master scheduling practices enabled the wastes to stay well hidden within the manufacturing process. Their reign and influence began to decline when manufacturers began adopting Lean techniques inspired by the Toyota Production System (TPS).  Lean practices revealed the value destroying wastes, and they were quickly rooted out of the process. The  Minions of Waste were facing oblivion as manufacturers aggressively created value and reduced waste. But they found a new purpose when they met up with Dr Derango who revealed a whole new software world where they could they once again be invisible executing their nefarious deeds. Once again the Minions of Waste had a purpose, and one in which they could destroy more value than they ever thought possible. Software is a virtual world, and for a Minion of Waste, it is so easy to remain hidden in that virtual world. After all as the waste “Inventory” observed, “who can see software inventory piling up?”

Bug, the waste formerly known as Defects

Inventory

Over Processing

Overproduction

Over Production: The Worst Waste

Delay

Motion

Transport

Understanding and Learning How You Can Find the (Invisible) Minions of Waste

The Minions of Waste are our way of referring to the so called “7 wastes of lean”.  Lean Manufacturing’s great contribution is providing production engineers with the tools for revealing and removing wastes from their processes. The ongoing battle between DK Man and Dr Derango in our story series is one of seeking to reveal the invisible wastes that destroy value. This is the problem we face in software development, these wastes for the most part are “invisible”, they destroy value and we are not even aware it. The following video series provides some insight to the problem, and also how we can start making the revealing the Minions of Waste in our systems.